Seahawks Vs. 49ers: Position-By-Position Game Preview And Prediction

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Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks center

Max Unger

(60) prepares to snap the football to quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during the second half of the 2013 NFC Championship football game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks vs. 49ers Position-By-Position Preview: Offensive Line

Seattle’s o-line play this year has been consistently bad. To have a QB as mobile and as good at escaping the rush as Russell Wilson and still give up seven sacks is not ideal. It could have easily been eleven or twelve if not for Russell’s eyes in the back of his head. The penalties are still an issue as well. Three false starts at home? Come on, guys.

San Francisco has maybe the most accomplished line in the NFL. Perennial Pro-Bowler Joe Staley and Jonathan Martin are the tackles. LG Mike Iupati is one of the best guards in the league and Alex Boone has been very good so far in his five year career. But they have struggled mightily this season. Colin Kaepernick has been sacked more than any QB in the NFL, and the ‘9ers are 19th in rushing yards per attempt.

Both have struggled, but until the ‘Hawks line can show they can hold their own against a physical defense, they can’t be ranked ahead of many teams.

Advantage: 49ers